News Archive: October 2015

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Dutch sex workers working without a brothel license may risk a prison sentence of up to six months. The Act Regulating Prostitution (WRP) proposes to criminalise all sex workers without licensure, including sex workers who work alone and camgirls/camboys. According to the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Justice and Safety, this will affect one third of all sex workers. Parliament will vote on the law proposal before the end of the year. Most political parties have expressed their support of the law.

Posted 30 October 2015 by NSWP

There are unique challenges for African trans sex workers in their lives and work. Two trans sex workers in Uganda and South Africa have shared the unique challenges they face, including transphobia. ASWA board member and trans sex worker from Uganda, Beyonce Karungi as well as refugee trans sex worker, Flavina from South Africa, have both shared their life stories in articles published recently.

Posted 28 October 2015 by NSWP

PrEP should be easily accessible to sex workers in Nigeria as an HIV prevention tool, an activist has urged with the Nigerian Sex Workers’ Alliance. Writing for the HIVE, an online journal on sexual and reproductive health, the coordinator of the Nigerian Sex Workers Alliance, Narah (a pseudonym), said that sex workers are being left behind when PrEP is offered.

Posted 28 October 2015 by NSWP

Sex workers in three Southern African countries are the first beneficiaries of a programme that will see provide free HIV self-testing kits. Population Services International (PSI) is rolling out oral-swab HIV self-test kits to sex workers and other key populations in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. According to PSI, the self-testing kits are important because many people have not been tested because of stigma or limited access to health care facilities.

Posted 24 October 2015 by NSWP

Stigmatisation and discrimination of sex workers at hospitals has been identified as one of the key barriers in accessing health services, a study has shown.

The study, conducted by the Center for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) indicates that, in some hospitals and clinics in Zimbabwe, sex workers face hostile reception from health care providers and this hampers their access to HIV related treatment and care.

Posted 24 October 2015 by NSWP

Squirt, a Canadian gay sex website owned by Pink Triangle Press, announced October 21st that they have pulled escort ads from their service according to Daily Xtra.

Posted 23 October 2015 by NSWP

On Wednesday October 14, the French Senate, which holds a conservative party majority, threw out a bill passed by the National Assembly in 2013 that proposes to criminalise the clients of sex workers. Clients of sex workers would be liable for fines up to €1,500 for a first offence and €3,750 for repeated offences. Senators voted 190 to 117 against the bill.

Posted 23 October 2015 by NSWP

Research for Sex Work is a peer-reviewed international journal that incorporates community-led research and lived experiences, and reports on sex work within a rights-based framework. NSWP Is seeking contributions that document and reflect on sex workers’ resistance and resilience to various forms of oppression.

Posted 22 October 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) hosts the new website of PLAPERTS, the Latin American platform of sex workers people, and its networks and organisations in Latin America, creating a space to share resources across the region.

Posted 21 October 2015 by NSWP

The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) have written a briefing paper focussing on the experiences, views, needs, and rights of sex workers who use drugs. The Briefing Paper discusses existing research and writing, and also includes case studies from sex worker-led and drug user-led organisations on the perspectives and experiences of sex workers who use drugs, and on how best to meet the needs of this community.

Posted 18 October 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) stands by Human Rights Defender Alejandra Gil and Amnesty International’s decision to adopt a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers, including the full decriminalisation of sex work.

Posted 16 October 2015 by NSWP

La Plataforma Latinoamericana de personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual, PLAPERTS, informa: en el Marco de las actividades por el día internacional de las trabajadoras sexuales, 02 de Junio del presente año, se presentó al presidente del Congreso de la República del Perú, la iniciativa de propuesta de ley que reconoce el trabajo sexual.

Posted 14 October 2015 by NSWP

Sex workers were joined by human rights activists in Nakuru County, Kenya in protest of the murder of four female sex workers. According to the Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA), seven sex workers have been killed over the past month. Members of KESWA suspect these are serial killings. Four sex workers were killed in the past week while three additional murders were only discovered when investigations were being conducted.

Posted 14 October 2015 by NSWP

This is the 13th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’, covering the period July - September 2015. 

Features in this issue include: Decriminalisation updates from Scotland, New South Wales & South Africa; the raid at Rentboy.com; Amnesty International’s resolution on sex work; and the WHO early release guideline on ART and PrEP.

Resources featured include: new NSWP Smart Guide’s on SWIT & the Global Fund; Research for Sex Work 14; and Economic Empowerment Programmes for Sex Workers in Africa.

This resource is in English.  You can download this 9 page PDF below.

Posted 3 October 2015 by NSWP